Dorothy Elizabeth Racette

Dorothy Elizabeth Racette, 100, Oakley, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Logan County Hospital, Oakley.

She was born Aug. 14, 1920, in southern Logan County to William O. and Beth (Wise) Martin. She was a 1938 graduate of Monument High School.

She married Frank Flax in 1946. They farmed south of Oakley. In 1953, he preceded her in death. She continued to farm on her own until 1955. She later married Wilcid Racette on June 2, 1955, in Oakley and they celebrated 61 years of marriage before he preceded her in death. The couple moved into Oakley in 1989.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars, RSVP and Pleasant Hour Club. She volunteered for many things some of those included delivering Meals on Wheels, helping with commodities and Heartland Share, serving on the Farm Bureau Board and organizing and serving funeral dinners. She made old-fashioned noodles for the Catholic and Methodist churches. She was an Oakley Historian and remembered everyone.

Survivors include a son, Steve Racette and wife, Diann, Oakley; two daughters, Mary Heier and husband, Larry, Colby and Helen Herl and husband, David, Grainfield; a sister-in-law, Lillian Martin; a brother-in-law, Tauscher Bretz; 15 grandchildren, Sarah (Alex) Toennis, Peter Heier, Joseph Heier, Regina (Trent) Chriestenson, Micheline (PD) Huffman, Brent Ratzlaff, John Racette, Jennifer Racette, Janell Racette, Shawn Beagley, Dexter Herl (Tiffany Thomas), Derek (Kelsie) Herl, Kimberly (William) Kinderknecht, Darius (Rachel) Herl and Chase Herl; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William Joseph Flax; three sisters, Opal Bretz, Bertha Joseph and Leila Burkhead; a brother, William Martin; and an infant brother, John Martin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oakley; burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Baalmann Mortuary, Oakley.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph School in care the mortuary, Condolences can be sent to the family at

Posted online on November 21, 2020